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Poster: musicphotos77 Date: Jun 22, 2012 6:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH 1976

http://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-22.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.112218.flac16

Tower Theater, near Philly, great small venue! I was at this show, it remains one of my favorite of the 70 shows I saw. 2 weeks before the 1976 bicentennial in Philly, a US flag (with a fan to make it fly!) on Keith's piano, they open with US blues! Jer is playin to the flag, the place went nuts. First 4 songs, unique start to this show. Second set , ending with SAT night (it was a Tuesday!), never heard them do that again. No encore but it was such a great show no one minded!!
US Blues was THE SONG in my mind that I loved to hear them play when it was NOT THE ENCORE!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

Spring 76 was an extremely strong run for the boys and the quality of the sources we have do them proper justice. Would make an excellent boxed set, IMHO.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

always loved the Eyes>Dancin' from this show. They only did that combo 4 times. 2-26-77 is a little better because of Phil's cool lead in the transition but this is still great. Thanks for the reminder.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

As I recall the lines to the bathroom were horrible, especially at the bathroom out by the front lobby. I felt like I was standing in a giant marble coated urinal.

Mostly because I was...

Admittedly, I only went to this run of shows because I had free tickets from the brother of a girl whose skirt I was chasing. I'd love to lie and say this was the seminal point in my Grateful Dead years, but in truth it was just another concert run. The switch didn't close for a few more years - although looking back I should have suspected something because I went to see them whenever they were close to Wilmington/Philly.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

LOL about Tower Theater and the giant marble-coated urinal, it is a cool place but it does have such an air of antiquity about it.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 22, 2012 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

Saw my first Metheny concert there in the Fall of 84 (I think). No distinct memories of the urinal "situation", perhaps I purposely blacked them out.

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Poster: ducats Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

walked down the hill with Jer when he got off the bus going in for those horrible acoustic shows he did (i think one of the tower ones was the only one on that tour without Kahn?) there in 83.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 22, 2012 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

Are you talking about the hill from the parking garage behind the Tower?

I was more worried about keeping a knife out of my ribs. Upper Darby was pretty seedy back then. I was up there for a show last December - the neighborhood seemed a lot nicer and I didn't feel as if the Sword of Damocles was hanging over my head.

Probably because the P226 of Sig Sauer was in a shoulder holster - thanks to Pennsylvania changing their laws to recognize Virginia concealed carry permits.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 22, 2012 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

Speaking of the Sword of Damocles...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqV0BOxid90

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 22, 2012 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH 1976

Another great one . "Crazy Fingers> Comes a Time" in the first set , that huge "Playing>dr>Wheel>Playing" sandwich , etc !
I with you on" US Blues", much better out of the encore spot . Actually "Sat. Night" benefited from a non encore/end of show placement as time wore on .